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The New Theatre, Thornton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Formerly - The Odd Fellows' Hall

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The Odd Fellow's Hall, Bradford, formerly the New Theatre, whist up for sale, the Theatre was demolished in the late 1960s.

Above - The Odd Fellow's Hall, Bradford, formerly the New Theatre, whist up for sale, the Theatre was demolished in the late 1960s.

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A poster for the first night of the New Theatre, Bradford on April the 16th 1841 with a production of 'Rivals, or A Trip to Bath' and 'State Secrets, or Unmentionable Matters in 1646' - Courtesy Max Carter.The New Theatre on Thornton Road, Bradford was a conversion of the Odd Fellows' Hall in 1841. The original Hall had been opened in 1837. At the top of the Bills for the newly opened 'New Theatre' in April 1841 the management were at pains to state that the nature of performances in their Theatre would be of a far higher standard than the recent presentations in Bradford.

Right - A poster for the first night of the New Theatre, Bradford on April the 16th 1841 with a production of 'Rivals, or A Trip to Bath' and 'State Secrets, or Unmentionable Matters in 1646' - Courtesy Max Carter.

One can only assume they were talking about the rise in popularity of the Music Hall in the town. They write:- 'The Managers have no hesitation in declaring that this Theatre will be found to be one of the neatest and most comfortable in the kingdom, and in entering upon their present arduous undertaking, they trust that all prejudice with regard to the former conducting of theatricals in this town, will be dismissed from the minds of its inhabitants, and that a fair opportunity will be afforded Mesers. Skerrett & Wilson of establishing in Bradford the respectability of the drama, by liberal patronage and support.

A poster for the second night of the New Theatre, Bradford on April the 17th 1841 with a production of 'Castle Spectre' - Courtesy Max Carter.Notwithstanding the want of patronage under which theatricals are supposed to be suffering, and to which the decline of the drama is said to be attributed, the managers have no hesitation in declaring, that the chief cause of the declension will be found in the scandalous disregard of propriety, and the low and ribald nature of the entertainments which have vitiated the public taste, and estranged from the theatres the moral and intellectual part of the population.

Left - A poster for the second night of the New Theatre, Bradford on April the 17th 1841 with a production of 'Castle Spectre' - Courtesy Max Carter.

This desideratum the managers promise to supply, by representing the works of the best authors, with strict attention to scenery and costume; and by a company of comedians whose talents and personal consideration will induce that support which they beg to solicit.

The pieces, both moral and instructive, will be selected from the works of the first authors; and every comfort and accommodation be studied for those who may honour the Theatre with their presence.

At the request of many well-wishers to the Theatre, an alteration will take place in the time of opening, for the future the Doors will be open at SEVEN, and the Performances commence at HALF-PAST SEVEN precisely.

The performances will generally conclude at Eleven, but will not exceed Quarter-past Eleven.'

The above text in quotes was printed on the top of the New Theatre's Bills when it first opened.

The Theatre's name reverted to the Odd Fellows' Hall again after a short while and the building was eventually demolished in the late 1960s.

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